No scalpel vasectomy (NSV) has become a popular method of male birth control, and it’s one of the safest procedures out there, as well as being relatively quick and simple. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure and whether it might be right for you, here’s what you should know about no-scalpel vasectomy in detail.
An Overview Of The Vasectomy:
A vasectomy is a form of male birth control that blocks the sperm from leaving the testicles. The procedure includes cutting and sealing the two tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the semen. This prevents any more sperm from being released during ejaculation, thus preventing pregnancy. There are different types of vasectomies and they can be performed in several ways. No scalpel vasectomies are minimally invasive procedures that involve no cutting or stitches and often use local anesthesia as well as sedation to make it a less stressful experience overall.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate for a vasectomy is a man who is sure he does not want to have any children or have more children. He should be at least 18 years old and in a stable, monogamous relationship with a woman who also doesn’t want to have any more children. Other factors that may increase the chance of regretting the procedure include being under 25 years old, having an unstable income, struggling with alcohol or drug use, and having no support system during the recovery process. If these are present in addition to other risk factors mentioned before, it’s not recommended that you undergo this procedure.
What Are No-Scalpel Vasectomies?
The no-scalpel vasectomy procedure is a quick, safe, and effective way to perform a vasectomy. It has been the preferred choice of many doctors in the United States and Canada because it provides less pain, fewer complications, and shorter healing times than other methods. During this procedure, the doctor will make a small cut near the head of your penis (away from your testicles) and sever both sides of the tubes that carry sperm into semen. This usually takes about 10 minutes or less to complete.
What Happens During A No-Scalpel Vasectomy?
The process is quick and painless. The urologist will make a small, half-inch puncture in the skin of the scrotum to expose the vas deferens. A small section of this tube will be removed, then cauterized with a heated wire to stop the flow of sperm. This entire procedure takes less than fifteen minutes and does not require stitches. Afterward, you can resume your normal activities immediately or return to work on Monday morning. You should expect some bruising and swelling in the scrotum but these symptoms should disappear within two days.
It’s important to note that vasectomies can be done without the use of a scalpel, but this procedure is considered more expensive. There are also a variety of side effects that may occur after a vasectomy, including bleeding, infection, and an increased risk of testicular cancer. For these reasons, it is recommended that men who have had a vasectomy use condoms as backup birth control until they are certain their sperm count has returned to normal levels.
To learn more about the procedure itself, read below!
Risks And Benefits:
The procedure is considered safe and effective, with minimal risks. It takes about 15 minutes, and men typically go home the same day. There may be some mild discomfort or bruising following the surgery. Serious complications are rare but include infection or injury to the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the semen (vas deferens). These tubes are cut and sealed during a vasectomy, so if an infection occurs it can block sperm from leaving the body. If this happens, a minor surgical procedure can be done to remove any blockages. As long as you have no risk factors for these problems (such as infections of other areas of your body), then you should not need any additional precautions before or after your surgery.
How Long Does It Take To Recover?
The recovery time is minimal, and patients are typically able to resume normal activities within a day or two of the procedure. In some cases, mild discomfort or swelling may persist in the first few weeks after the surgery. Some people experience a feeling of pressure in their testicles following vasectomies that can last from a few days to up to two weeks after surgery. This feeling is usually temporary and most often disappears without treatment.